Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says the recent NATO deployments to the Baltic region and elsewhere in Eastern Europe are a sign that the Western alliance “will do anything” to defend the security of member nations.
In an interview on April 20 with Current Time TV, Linkevicius also said Vilnius desires “normal” relations with Russia but that they should be based on "principles and values."
Linkevicius spoke to the Russian-language network, run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, as the 28-member alliance is bolstering its presence in the region to reassure member nations in the face of a renewed aggressive foreign policy by neighboring Russia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius believes European Union cannot be blamed for annexation of Crimea and Russian war in Ukraine’s east but it should share this responsibility.
As reported by Censor.NET citing Krym.Realii, the diplomat expressed confidence that the EU was not proactive and was "capable to do more with regard of the pressure against the country which is conducting aggression."
VILNIUS, Feb 09, BNS - Darius Degutis, Lithuania's ambassador-at-large coordinating the country's position and steps regarding the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus, says that his key mission is to achieve that the plant is built safely or its construction is stopped completely, and to show the real situation in Astravyets to EU partners.
"Our goal is, first, to show that Lithuania knows very well what is happening when it comes to Astravyets, that there have been irregularities, that the works fail to meet the international standards, the EU norms and rules. As we see these manipulations, these obvious violations, we are forming our position accordingly," Degutis, who assumed his new duties in early January, told BNS in an interview.
Arrival and doorstep (talking language: English since 0:54):
Lithuanian Foreign Minister On NATO, Trump And U.S. Commitment Lithuanian Foreign Minister On NATO, Trump And U.S. Commitment. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson hears more from Linas Linkevicius, foreign minister of Lithuania, a NATO member state.
VILNIUS, Jan 09, BNS - Lithuania's dialog with Russia must be a principled one, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday, commenting on the Russian ambassador's call for "improving the atmosphere of bilateral relations" between the two countries.
Lithuania's Foreign Minister, L. Linkevicius has claimed Russia is "brainwashing" European populations, including in the UK, France and Italy. Speaking to BBC Hardtalk's S. Sackur, he said: "In conventional warfare there was artillery attack before the real battle... Now there is no need to use artillery. You can brainwash."
If you type the word “hybrid” into the Google search machine, you will get a rather likely result – the term “hybrid car”. Only later Google will include such terms, as “hybrid warfare” and “hybrid threats”. In general, hybrid means a thing made by combining two or many different elements, mixed. So much about the terms.
Lithuania has warned that Russian President V. Putin may test Nato in the weeks before D. Trump becomes US president. Foreign Minister L. Linkevicius said he was "very afraid" for the Baltics, as well as the Syrian city of Aleppo.
LUXEMBOURG -- Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has urged the European Union to adopt more sanctions against Russia in response to its air strikes against civilian targets in Syrian rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
LITHUANIA — RUSSIA IS CREATING AN ‘ATMOSPHERE OF TENSION’: Heads of state are expected to discuss sanctions against Russia next week, with Baltic leaders the most hawkish, despite their economies being the most affected. “We have to talk about the  Nuclear Forces Treaty being violated,” Linas Linkevičius, Lithuania’s foreign minister, told Playbook, pointing out that the nuclear-capable Iskander missiles stationed last week in Kaliningrad by Russia have been modified to have a range of up to 700 kilometers. “They’ve deliberately done this to increase tension. It’s bullying, bluffing, intimidating … Reviewing or lifting sanctions would be a very big defeat … It’s the only leverage we are using to keep pressure on Russia. To talk about lifting sanctions would be premature.”
Persuading other EU ambassadors that this is the case falls to youthful Jovita Neliupšienė, Lithuania’s permanent representative to the EU and one-time adviser to President Dalia Grybauskaitė. “Of course they’re listening, because we have a bit more knowledge with dealing with Russia,” she told Playbook. Russia’s strategy “was not so obvious for other member states,” she said, “and it was complicated to explain this.”
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister answered a question about the allies’ decision to send a battalion to Lithuania.